Manchester City’s first Champions League semi-final foray will be against the competition’s most decorated team, Real Madrid.
In the other draw, Atletico Madrid will face favourites Bayern Munich, as two of the planet’s most revered tacticians are pitted against one another.
Previously 100/30 to get their mits on Old Big Ears for the first time, punters must like the look of Atleti based on Diego Simeone’s suffocating style being the ideal modus operandi to snuff out the possession-obsessed Pep Guardiola.
The latter came out on top in their only managerial meeting to date, winning 2-1 at the Calderon when in charge of Barcelona, but knowing the Bavarians have twice failed at this stage in as many appearances under Guardiola, Simeone’s charges can’t be ruled out.
Since pulling Atleti out the hat, Bayern have been nudged out to 29/20 from 7/5 for a second Champions League triumph this decade. Their semi-final opponents have crept into 15/4.
Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini has strayed as far as the semis once previously in his career, where his Villarreal side lost to Arsenal in 2004/05.
Having spent a sizeable chunk of his shot-calling career in La Liga, the Chilean has encountered last-four foes Real plenty of times previously, while he also steered the ship at the Bernabeu in 2009/10.
In total, Pellegrini-schooled sides have tackled Los Blancos 15 times and won a worrying three, while the Citizens were unable to overcome the Spanish capital club in two meetings during the 2012/13 edition of the competition.
These factors no doubt play a part in City’s swelling to 15/2 in the outright betting following the draw, while Real have tumbled in to 2/1.